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Princeton's gesso brush is hand crafted in the USA, and features natural flagged end bristle hair. It is economically priced, but is high quality with minimum hair loss.
The burgundy lacquered handle is well balanced for extended working time. The gesso brush is excellent for priming canvas, varnishing, or large scale paintings.
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Works well as a brush for varnishing acrylic paintings
Comments about Princeton Gesso Brush Series 5450F:
I bought this brush to apply varnish to my acrylic paintings. The brush holds up well to the varnishing process and maintains it shape. It applies smooth, but it did loose a few hairs even after cleaning.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Q88 Bus Artist
from Queens, NY
So far so good. Lost no bristles and worked nicely
Sheds hairs like crazy
By Artist Kim
from Syracuse, NY
I generally don't leave bad reviews for products but this was so bad I don't want anyone else to waste their money. I was really excited to order it but so disappointed that it is unusable for gessoing. I tried using it with regular gesso and hard gesso. Not only is it tremendously streaky, the hairs fall out or break off in the gesso constantly.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your comments on this brush. We're sorry to hear that it's shedding and not working as you need, and we'd like to help. Please look for an email from one of our Customer Care Agents who will be following up to assist you.
been using for 20 years
This brush is stiffer than most normal brushes and provides good coverage for gesso-ing!
Best Natural Bristle Utility Brush
Brush works and responds to oil based media beautifully. Clean up is practical with the hard acrylic handle, and well set bristles. Brush fits in hand comfortably while painting and hold a large volume of paint. Great spring and shape!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Used this brush for varnishing with Gamvar
By Retiree painter
from Houston, TX
Bought this and used it to varnish some oil paintings. Totally worth having a special brush just for the job. Works beautifully with Gamvar. Highly recommend this brush.
Inexpensive and good quality
from Austin TX
I wanted some brushes to use to lay down a smooth layer of primer on Ampersand pastel boards that I use it these brushes were perfect for that.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
great for blending
from Miami, FL
I use them for blending. If you use them too much and for gesso hairs will aventualy start falling off. I think is because to really get all the gesso out of them you must scrub them hard and well and that hurts the brush. But when blending only the tip or 1/3 of the top of the brush only catches paint so you really do not have to scrub the brush to get it clean. For gesso I use the Purdy brand from Home Depot. That works great for gesso. But these gesso brushes are great for blending colors.
They smell bad
from Charlotte, NC
They seem fine enough for the job but they sure do smell bad once they have gotten wet. I have two and whatever the bristle is, it stinks after getting wet. The metal is not stainless and it rusts when wet. Otherwise, they seem fine and I didn't get bristles falling out. I think I'll just buy a paint brush from the hardware store for gessoing in the future.
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